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Have Unions Turned the Corner? New Evidence on Recent Trends in Union Recognition in UK Firms

  • Jo Blanden
  • Stephen Machin
  • John Van Reenen

This paper reports results from a recent survey conducted on unionization in over 650 firms in the private sector in the UK. The survey shows that since 1997 there has been a slight fall in derecognition, but a relatively large increase in union recognition. This increase in new recognition agreements is consistent with the idea that the incoming Labour government had a positive effect on the ability of unions to gain recognition, either through the 1999 legislation or more indirectly through changing the political climate. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2006.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 44 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 169-190

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